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  ( invents    3rd person present)   ( inventing    present participle)   ( invented    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you invent something such as a machine or process, you are the first person to think of it or make it.  
He invented the first electric clock...      V n  
2       verb   If you invent a story or excuse, you try to make other people believe that it is true when in fact it is not.  
I stood still, trying to invent a plausible excuse.      V n  
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1    coin, come up with     (informal)   conceive, contrive, create, design, devise, discover, dream up     (informal)   formulate, imagine, improvise, originate, think up  
2    concoct, cook up     (informal)   fabricate, feign, forge, make up, manufacture, trump up  

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